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Sudanese president declares state of emergency in border areas

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April 29, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese president, Omer Hassan al-Bashir on Sunday has declared the state of emergency in some cities of three states neighbouring the Republic of South Sudan.

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al-Bashir inspects the guard of honour during his first visit to Kadogli capital of South Kordofan State August 23, 2011. (Reuters)

The presidential decree comes after heavy clashes between the Sudanese and south Sudanese armies over Heglig. The SPLA pulled out its troops on 20 April after controlling the oil-producing area for ten days.

The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) are also battling the combatants of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) and its allies from Darfur rebel groups mainly in South Kordofan and some parts of the Blue Nile state.

In accordance with the presidential decree signed on Sunday 29 April, the state of emergency covers cities in the three states of South Kordofan, Sennar and White Nile.

The state of emergency is already imposed in other states bordering the South Sudan including Blue Nile in the eastern half of the border like the above mentioned states. Due to the rebellion in Darfur, the state of emergency has been decreed in the western half of the boundaries since 2003.

Sunday’s decree refers to the large presidential powers in the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001, and the Criminal Law of 1991. It further suspends articles in the Customs Act of 1986 allowing to ease administrative sanctions or to appeal judicial judgment against smugglers.

Since last year Sudan imposed a trade embargo against the South Sudan after accusing it of supporting a rebellion in the Nuba Moutians of South Kordofan, by the former members of Juba’s ruling party, SPLM.

The presidential decree came after a recent campaign carried out in the bordering states against smugglers who are compared to rebel groups because they trade with "the enemy" South Sudan.

The capture, earlier this month, of Heglig by South Sudanese army revived nationalist feeling in Sudan and allowed ruling National Congress Party to regain some popular support.

Analysts in Khartoum see the decree as aimed at combating food smuggling to South Sudan and giving the Sudanese army a free hand in pursuing rebel groups.

Sudanese lawmakers and some tribal leaders in the troubled state have called on President Bashir to declare the state of emergency since last year when fighting broke out in South Kordofan.

Two weeks ago, Sudanese Justice Minister, Mohammed Bushara Dosa told reporters that his ministry was directed by Bashir to establish special courts along the Border States with South Sudan.

The decree has also called to establish special primal courts and another one for appeals that oversees the court’s performance.

Fighting broke out in South Kordofan last year in June, after controversial gubernatorial elections won by the National Congress Party candidate Ahmed Haroun.

South Kordofan governor Haroun came under fire recently by many in his state and in the ruling NCP, who urged Bashir to replace him with a military governor for failing to combat the rebel groups in his state quickly.

Since, he moved his entire cabinet to Talodi, vowing to clean the city from rebel groups before to return to the capital Kadugli.

SPLM-N and the fighters of the rebel Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) attempted several times to seize Talodi which is located on the border with the South Sudan but the government repelled the attacks.

According to international agencies, the humanitarian situation in South Kordofan could soon turn into famine without outside help. But Sudan so far has rejected allowing foreign aid groups in.

Sudan has cited security concerns in severely controlling access for relief agencies but UN officials have repeatedly said they need full access - including to rebel-held areas - to properly assess the needs of the people.

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  • 30 April 2012 06:42, by Mach

    It’s laughable that Khartoum believed they are imposing economic embargo against South Sudan when South Sudan was the only country feeding them for the last 30 plus years since the oil discovery in 1979. -----

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    • 30 April 2012 06:42, by Mach

      South Sudan just cut off 500,000 barrels of crude oil that used to transit to Port Sudan daily, what’s that called if it’s not an economic impediment? ------

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      • 30 April 2012 06:43, by Mach

        Are they really that highly irrational not to know that South Sudan is the one that is imposing economic embargo against them?

        If Sudan believed they are in control economically, why make unnecessary noises daily? They should stay quite as someone in control.

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      • 30 April 2012 20:09, by Northern Sudanese

        Mach

        south sudan doesn’t have 500,000 barrels of oil.........south sudan has 360,000 barrels of oil and that is expected to halve by 2018....... stop dreaming insect......

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    • 30 April 2012 07:20, by Makuei
      • 30 April 2012 08:42, by Mi diit

        This state of emergency is about declaration of war against South Sudan. We should be on maximum alert!

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    • 30 April 2012 11:12, by emad

      This was absolutely necessary to kick the asses out of our territories.

      Thank you Mr,president.

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    • 30 April 2012 20:08, by Northern Sudanese

      Mach

      hahahahahaa yeah the south has been feeding us for 30 years yeah hahahahahaha is that why you can’t feed halve your people? hahahahahahaha yeah feeding sudan hahahahahahha

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  • 30 April 2012 07:01, by George Bol

    South Sudan does not need your goods. Khartoum make noise when defeated.Just declare your state of emergency but make sure that we are monitoring you. I am glad that the SPLA has stopped oil production in Panthou/heglig because it’s ours. Good that the SPLA tought good lesson to burjuasin(Arabs khartoum)

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    • 30 April 2012 11:21, by emad

      Stupid George Bol, Very soon you will realize the consequences of this sanctions when you see people dying in the streets of the south because of famine.

      No country can help you more than Sudan.Uganda,Kenya,Ethiopia,DRC are all famine-hit countries and they will not be able to offer help.

      Without firing a single bullet, we will bring the SPLM to its knees by such sanctions.

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  • 30 April 2012 07:24, by Madina Tonj

    Indictment has lost mind and probably will heading to hell. The Idea of making trade embargo in between close borders shown really weakness of Khartoum regime to be seen. South Sudan is bordering with many countries in Africa and if that is the case then, we can find goods from them. The regime action will back fire to Northern Sudanese if we follow such attitudes. The whole North Sudan is brown

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  • 30 April 2012 07:33, by Madina Tonj

    If South Sudan want to punish North Sudan then, they can do it by blocking River Nile not to flown there that is one thing. We can also block all Arabs forest who seeking water and grazing in South Sudan. We can ban any trader who sell cows to North Sudan and to see these Arabs are so desperately to eat meat. There are many ways the South Sudan can impose punishment on North Sudan than that embarg

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    • 30 April 2012 08:25, by Jielster

      Bashit is in shit, now that info. Minister is resigning and declaring state of emergency in 3 states and very soon will declare the whole country 2b in emergency and all the cabinets will resign.

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  • 30 April 2012 08:55, by E. Defense Forces
  • 30 April 2012 08:58, by Konan

    Janobean,

    Since day 1 u launched a military and economic war against us, by (1) circulating your own currency notes despite mutual agreement to wait for six months (2) waging civil war in SK & BN (3) shutdown of oil wells. However, we survive. Pls. don’t panic it is just our turn in your gloomy and nonsense tit for tat game.

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  • 30 April 2012 09:02, by Konan

    Janobean,

    Since day 1 u launched a military and economic war against us, by: (1) circulating your own currency notes despite mutual agreement to wait for six months (2) waging civil war in SK & BN (3) shutdown of oil wells. However, we survive. Now don’t panic it is just our turn in your gloomy and nonsense tit for tat game.

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    • 30 April 2012 09:06, by Kurnyel

      Huge division in you you can not dream of defeating us at all cost.

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  • 30 April 2012 09:11, by wad balad

    Y r u janobeen making so much noise?
    Its not about wether this move will affect u or affect us, its about principles of war. do u want us to give u food in exchange for attacking Higlieg?
    State of emergency in the border areas is now a must to control movements as the SPLA is trying to destablize the region.

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    • 30 April 2012 21:21, by Beneben Bai

      Wadel Balad, this is the first time i see you talk logic in the firts part of your agrument here. your first question is valid and logic since we are at war. but the last part of your argument is not true, SPLA is not trying to distablise the region, SPLA is only defending their country and caliming their country rights plus that they are always pushed to reaction from your country

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  • 30 April 2012 12:32, by Chris B

    Konan, Jalaby et al.
    We are witnessing the beginning of the end for your government! Your Spring-uprising will follow soon!
    The South will be just fine, thanks! A loan taken-out for at least 8 Billion USD aligned with our blossoming trade and supply lines with Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, to name but a few, should continue to see to that! Now what is your "ICC-indicted war criminal" doing for you?

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  • 30 April 2012 13:26, by Jervasio O.Okot

    The declaration of State of Emergency along South Sudan border, Sinner and White Nile Region by Sudan government is tantamount to genocide in the Blue Nile State. Khartoum could be targeting the people in the slums in Sinner who mostly hailed from the Blue Nile. This is the same tactics used in Darfur in 2003 when they massacred innocence people in El Fashir and Nyalla.

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  • 30 April 2012 13:55, by Konan

    Jervasio O.Okot & Chris B,

    To add more salt to your open wound the Governor of While Nile State ordered 12,000 South Sudanese stranded in Kosti to leave within two weeks. However, if you are living in Khartoum better u pack your luggage and leave b4 we kick your ass. More Southerners will be replaced by our Ethiopian and Egyptian brothers.

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    • 30 April 2012 13:57, by Konan

      To add more salt to your open wound the Governor of White Nile State ordered 12,000 South Sudanese stranded in Kosti to leave within two weeks. However, if you are living in Khartoum better u pack your luggage and leave b4 we kick your ass. More Southerners will be replaced by our Ethiopian and Egyptian brothers.

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      • 30 April 2012 16:13, by zulu

        Konan,
        Your government with a few fanatics such as you dummies, are waging a senseless war towards south sudanese, the nuba and the darfuris. This genocidal war has become your graveyard. We will teach more lessons if your hears are still stubborn. Make sure you dont run to Egypt, AU, AL or the UNSC.

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  • 30 April 2012 14:59, by Chris B

    Konan,
    "replaced by our Ethiopian and Egyptian brothers"! Lol!!! Hilarious! Do you write your own comedic material?
    So those will be the same Egyptian and Ethiopian brothers that fought for you and prevented the CPA from being signed? Right?! Oh, I’m sorry, I forgot; the Ethiopians fought with the SPLA and the CPA was signed!
    You are just one big joke my frizzly-haired, wannabe-Arab friend! Lol!

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  • 30 April 2012 15:02, by Chris B

    Konan,
    Please don’t write anymore otherwise I will burst my innards from laughter!!!
    You should consider stand-up comedy as a career! :-D

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  • 30 April 2012 15:04, by Longa

    The declaration of the state of emergency in Khartoum parliament was not ageed by all. Some parliamentarians from those three regions opposed it because it will adversely affect those communities there.

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  • 30 April 2012 16:43, by Konan

    Zulu & Chris B,

    To disappoint more, already our Egyptian and Ethiopian brothers enjoy the fruit of the Four Freedoms Agreements. They can stay, work, own, and travel freely with no need for entry visa or residence permit. However, at same time we are going to kick your black ass out of our borders, ha ha ha ha. LoL, starve to death retard.

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    • 30 April 2012 16:45, by Konan

      To disappoint u more, already our Egyptian and Ethiopian brothers enjoy the fruit of the Four Freedoms Agreements. They can stay, work, own, and travel freely with no need for entry visa or residence permit. However, at same time we are going to kick your black ass out of our borders, ha ha ha ha. LoL, starve to death retard.

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    • 30 April 2012 17:15, by Chol

      Konan, the Egyptian and Ethiopians are there because of South Sudan oil but now since the oil is cut off; they are not going to have any employment, they are just going to leave soon. Just wait and see.

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    • 1 May 2012 04:21, by zulu

      Poor Konan,
      I wonder what economy you have with 30 million people congested to contest for that economy? egypt may stand to gain from this economic embargo you have alluded to. However, south sudan is surrounded with over 240 million consumers and products to export to south sudan. the ties with congo can supply wester bahr el ghazal, while uganda, kenya and ethiopia do supply almost all of ss.

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  • 30 April 2012 17:06, by wadelsudan

    North is no longer interested in doing business with the south, we have zero trust and 100% suspicions, no negotiatiation Bagan should look for another job, let them trade with the snakes in uganda and kenya, we are done with u no oil will pass thru north.

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  • 30 April 2012 17:26, by Konan

    Chol,

    Definitely u cannot visit Khartoum, but at least u can watch and read. More foreigners are coming to our country on daily basis. Pls. ask your 700,000 Southerner why they don’t want to leave our hell-like country to enjoy SPLA/M promised paradise????

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  • 30 April 2012 18:07, by Chris B

    Konan, Wadel et al,
    You are so deluded! Lol!!! :-D
    May Allah help your country to somehow survive once your "friends" choose to side with the black-gold!
    Please continue to spout your nonsense on this website;I find it highly entertaining! Lol!!! Comedians!!! :-D

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  • 30 April 2012 21:34, by Beneben Bai

    konan, you are foolish. it is true that we have no trust on you either, but what about if China force you to accept the passing of our oil through your land??? and according to the the international tariffs known globally??? will you say no??? ha ha ha haaaa. you are in problem my freind. if you refuse it, it could simply be thot and if you accept it from china it will be a big thooot. ha ha ha ha

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  • 1 May 2012 00:26, by solider

    china can’t force sudan to export ss oil. but can build lamu pipeline in 5 years.but i don’t think US will accept that coz the oil will be owned by china

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  • 1 May 2012 03:22, by Chris B

    The pipeline is owned by the Chinese so they have the final say on whether it can or cannot be used; it’s not up to the war-criminal Beshir or anyone in the North! This fact must be noted by all who believe in the propaganda! If the Chinese want the oil to flow then there is nothing the North can do about it! Unless of course they are willing to buy it for a bargain price of 2 Billion USD! Lol!!!

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  • 1 May 2012 03:29, by Chris B

    Beshir, why don’t you use 2Billion USD of the 9Billion you have stolen from your country & it’s people and banked in China and Malaysia? If you did that then you can finally have your pipeline and pass it on as an inheritance to your children! Oh but sorry I forgot, you don’t have any children do you nor can you ever have any?!
    There’s nothing more embarassing than an infertile war-criminal!! :-D

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  • 1 May 2012 04:01, by E. Defense Forces

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